Nolina nelsonii



Nolina nelsonii is a large and slow growing evergreen succulent tree-like shrub. It is indigenous to the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. This species is considered to be a close relative of the California species, Nolina parryi.

At full maturity, it reaches heights of approximately 8' - 10' with a width of 3' - 4'. One (or more), stems sport dense rosettes with numerous narrow, rigid and pointed leaves. Leaves are silvery blue-green in color and have finely-toothed margins. They are typically 3' long by 1" wide.

In spring, mature plants produce a 4' stalk with 1000s of miniature white flowers. The Nolina nelsonii is dioecious. A dioecious plant is one where the male and female reproductive systems occur on separate plants. This succulent thrives in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. Irrigate infrequently if at all. Hardy below 0 F.

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun / Partial Shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in Summer / Dry in Winter
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
8' - 10'
Mature Width: 
3' - 4'
Latin Name: 
Nolina nelsonii
Common Name: 
Blue Nolina, Nelson's Beargrass, Nelson's Blue Beargrass

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RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

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Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

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Houston, TX Rodeo

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